Lira – The family of the fallen Kenneth Akena have hosted Matthew Kanyamunyu in a cultural ceremony.
Reports reaching this website indicates that the family of Late Akena welcomed Kanyamunyu in a ‘Cul Kwoo’ Ceremony at their home.
A source well knowledgeable with Luo culture tells Red Pepper Digital that:
What Kanyamunyu has been subjected to at the arrangement of City Lawyer Nicholas Opio is called “Cul Kwoo” not “Mato oput”.
“Mato oput” is not done to prevent the spirit of the dead from disturbing the offender but rather to create a stronger bond between warring families to avoid incidences of revenge in future. It is where the perpetrators accept responsibility by asking for forgiveness so that they are accepted within the community.
Back then, this would go with a sister of Kanyumunyu, for example, handed over to the family of Akena and a relation seen as that of next of blood kins.
However, what has happened isn’t about “mato oput.” this is is called call it “culu kwoo”, in Luo culture. It is about compensating the bereaved family with a given number if cattle depending on what has been agreed upon, which nobody outside the families of Akena and Kanyamunyu knows at this stage.
However, the immediate family does not own the cattle instead, they are used to pay bride price for a man who hasn’t yet paid the bride price of their betrothed.
So, does this make Kanyamunyu responsible for the death of Akena?
The answer is that Here, it ceases to be an individual but rather the family of Kanyumnyu accepting responsibility and being remorseful for the deeds of their own .
And what happens to the court case?
The answer is that the court case is a state issue and NOT a cultural matter and may not apply. With culture, after “Cul kwoo” is done, the consequence is that no one will want to marry from your family because they consider that family a “murderous” one. Very intriguing in the long run despite your harmonious living after the reconciliation.
Just put it in this perspective, your daughter/son marrying one of Mathews kids. By the mere fact that they are aware of it alone makes your children avoid getting a relationship to grow stronger.
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Therefore, “Cul kwoo” is basically a way of stopping revenge. Those other factors that come with it are kind of minor.